Startup Grind presents a conversation with Jason Fried, CEO of 37signals, tonight at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, at 6pm. Tickets are $20. A networking session precedes the talk.
The University of Chicago's new Institute of Politics hosts "The Politics of Guns In America," a panel discussion on gun violence featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel, retired Congressman Steve Latourette (R-Ohio), UChicago Crime Lab Director Jens Ludwig, and Tribune columnist and editorial writer Steve Chapman. Broadcasting legend Tom Brokaw moderates. The event is at 7pm in the Logan Arts Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. It's free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP required.
City Lit Books hosts a Chicago author night in the upstairs Brewers Lounge at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. Authors Kathryn Born, Joseph G. Raymond and Raymond Richard will read from their books, The Blue Kind, Inside the Whale: A Novel in Verse and Book of Raymond: A Journey from Prison to Praise and Poetry. The event is free; details here. 21+
Last Summer, Girls frontman Christopher Owens took to his Twitter account to announce that he would be leaving his San Francisco-based indie-pop band of five years in order to move forward with new solo material. The result is Lysandre, a solo album that comes out today on Fat Possum and features much of the same wounded intimacy of his work with Girls. Owens brings his solo tour to Lincoln Hall tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $20. Lincoln Hall is located at 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.